Thomas Ken

(1637—1711) bishop of Bath and Wells and nonjuror

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Nonjuror. In 1683 he refused the use of his house to Nell Gwyn, the royal mistress; Charles II respected his boldness and in 1684 appointed him Bp. of Bath and Wells. Ken was one of the Seven Bishops who refused to read James II's Declaration of Indulgence in 1688, but he declined to take the oath to William and Mary and was deposed from his see. He opposed the consecration of further Nonjuring bishops. His writings include the hymns ‘Awake my soul, and with the sun’ and ‘Glory to Thee, my God, this night’. Feast day in the American BCP (1979), 21 Mar; in CW, 8 June.

Subjects: Christianity.

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